Several factors can impact on this Regional Catchment Strategy’s currency such as sudden changes to the environmental condition, new information becoming available, movements in government policy and shifts in available resources. Periodic amendments to this strategy may therefore be important to keep it up-to-date.
Any changes to the strategy (specifically the pages in the 'About the Strategy', 'Assets & Targets' and 'Interactive Map' sections) will only be made after a process that includes a period of community consultation and Ministerial consideration and approval as per the requirements of the Catchment & Land Protection Act 1994.
The process for identifying, considering and approving changes is outlined on the Review page.
The table below summarise a set of proposed changes to this strategy. Comments on these proposed changes are invited until 18th March 2016. Each proposed change has an associated reference number that relates to a more detailed explanation that can be downloaded here. Feedback on any of the potential changes can be most easily made via the 'Leave comment here' button. Suggestions for other changes/improvements are also welcome .
Proposed RCS changes
Reasons for changes
NEW RCS LEADERS
Asset, target and commitment statements by new RCS leaders.
Build the completeness of the RCS as a shared account of its leaders’ assets, aims and accountabilities.
IMPROVED STRATEGIC INFORMATION AND ADVICE
Revise the Home Page summary of major RCS themes and content.
Maintain accurate descriptions of what the RCS contains and aims to do.
A new ‘Geography’ section under ‘Regional Overview’
Better explain the links between land management and the condition and values of Port Phillip Bay and Western Port.
Revised RCS vision statements for each asset
Improve the clarity of these statements to make them more useful reflections of the shared aims of RCS Leaders.
Provide starting points for environmental goal-setting by other organisations.
Updated strategy and policy context information. An updated account of how the RCS was developed.
Maintain RCS links with policy and strategy at national, state and local governance scales.
Maintain consistency with the C&LP Act requirements.
Revised summary of RCS objectives, priorities and management measures.
Improve the RCS recommendations for planning and action.
Recognise the growing involvement in NRM by Traditional Owners.
Strengthen RCS directions for adaptive management planning.
New directions from the Central Region Coastal Plan and the new Port Phillip Bay EMP,
35 & 39
Maintain consistency between the RCS and other environment strategies.
A revised interactive map layer for Landcare group boundaries.
Maintain information about Landcare group locations and boundaries.
RESPONSE TO CLIMATE CHANGE
New RCS ‘chapters’ on climate and climate change
3 & Appendix
Provide detailed, up-to-date information about climate change predictions and their implications for environmental decision-making and action.
New information and advice to support climate change response in environmental planning.
Throughout but especially 3, 24-30, 33, 36-7, 40 & 41,
Improve the value of the RCS with the findings of the national project; Regional Natural Resource Management Planning for Climate Change Project.
New map layers and text about native vegetation predicted to be most sensitive to climate change in seven Council area clusters.
Provide climate change advice for local environmental planning.
New interactive map layers for new rainfall averages and elevation.
44 & 45
Advice for environmental planning and climate change response.
An introduction to Adaptive Management Planning
Provide a common approach to environmental planning as a priority climate change response.